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Pass It On: Preservation Week, April 27-May 3, 2014

April 28th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Preservation Week, a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), is a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.

Events during the week include two free webinars. The webinars, which require registration, will each begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour. To register and learn more go to ALCTS events.

The webinars are:
Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives, on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come.

Preserving Scrapbooks, on Thursday, May 1, 2014, presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library. Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks.


National Arbor Day

April 25th, 2014 by Jenny Hodge

In celebration of National Arbor Day here is an image from our Eastman Originals Collection.

"One of our Pine Trees" 1944

“One of our Pine Trees” 1944

Theater Thursday: Redding

April 24th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Theater Thursday series takes us to Redding, California. The image below, from our Eastman Originals Collection, was taken in 1941. Did you ever attend a movie at the Cascade Theatre? If so, please share your memories with us.

At Redding, Calif., 1941.

At Redding, Calif., 1941.

Then & Now

April 21st, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Our previous Then & Now feature found us at the corner of 2nd & G Streets in Davis. Traveling further east on 2nd Street, we’ll come to our next location in the series. The Southern Pacific Depot, located at 840 2nd Street, was constructed in 1913.

The station serves as a reminder of the railroad’s role in the development of Davis. The railroad first came to Davisville (now Davis) in August 1868 with the completion of the California Pacific Railroad line from Vallejo. In addition to advantages of trade, the railroad brought the availability of convenient passenger service. Members of the Davis State Farm Promotion Committee, the group that led efforts to have Davis selected as the site of the University Farm, noted the railroad in a list of the town’s advantages. In their 1904 publication,  An Ideal Spot for a University Farm, the committee wrote: “Under the normal time card there are each day seven passenger trains to and from San Francisco and Berkeley, ten to and from Sacramento, two to and from Oroville and one to and from Portland, and on the winter schedule one to and from Willows, Glenn County. Each of these lines passes through the great farming districts of the Sacramento Valley, rendering Davisville peculiarly accessible to students from those districts, as well as to professors and executive officers from Berkeley, from whom a splendid evening train service will be particularly advantageous.”

The station, designed by the Architectural Bureau of the Southern Pacific Railroad, replaced an earlier terminal that was built in 1868 for the California Pacific Railroad. Rail service at the station today includes stops by the Capitol Corridor as well as the California Zephyr.The Mission Revival station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources.

The historic images of the station below from our Eastman Originals Collection were taken in 1944.



National Park Week

April 21st, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

In celebration of National Park Week here is an image from our Eastman Originals Collection.

In Lassen Volcanic National Park, Calif., 1940

In Lassen Volcanic National Park, Calif., 1940

Theater Thursday: Portola

April 17th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

This week’s feature in our Theater Thursday series takes us to Portola, California. The images below are from our Eastman Originals Collection. The first image was taken in 1938 while the second image is undated. However, the movies listed on the marquee can help us date the second photograph to 1939.

Did you ever attend a movie at the Portola Theatre? If so, please share your memories with us.

"The Portola Theatre," Portola, Calif., 1938

“The Portola Theatre,” Portola, Calif., 1938

Portola Theatre, undated.

Portola Theatre, undated.


Visit Special Collections during Picnic Day Open House

April 11th, 2014 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections will be participating in Picnic Day as part of the Library’s Open House which is tomorrow, April 12, between 11-1. We’ll be featuring our exhibit, Picnic Day: A Century of Celebration, as well as other treasures from Special Collections.  Stop by and say hello!